Howard University

LL.M. Course of Study

LL.M. Course of Study

5-200 LL.M. Course of Study

5-201 LL.M. Required Coursework

    (A) LL.M. students must successfully complete 24 semester hours (credits) of coursework, including two required courses.

    (B) The required courses for the LL.M. students are the Introduction to the U.S. Legal System and the Graduate Thesis. Students must earn the remaining credits from among those courses offered by the School of Law that are open to graduate students. All courses must be approved by the director of the LL.M. program.

5-202 LL.M. Writing Requirement

The writing requirement is a graduate thesis of three, four, or five credits that is supervised by the director of the LL.M. program.

5-203 Requirements for an LL.M. Thesis

    (A) The LL.M. Thesis is a significant in-depth scholarly product in a specialized area. The student is required to complete the thesis under the supervision of the director of the LL.M. program.

    (B) The Thesis must be on a topic approved by the director before the end of the “Add/Drop” period in the semester in which the thesis will be submitted.

    (C) The written product must meet the following requirements:
      (1) It must provide full legal citation with full attribution given to the work of others;

      (2) It must be the equivalent of at least thirty five (35) double-spaced typed written pages with customary margins;

      (3) The thesis must be prepared under supervision. The supervised writing process must include at least submission of an outline (or outline alternative such as includes a thesis statement and annotated bibliography), and at least one draft of the written product to the director prior to submission of the completed written product; and

      (3) It must be completed and handed into the director at the time set by the director. In no event shall a Thesis be submitted later than the last day of scheduled third-year classes for that semester.

5-204 Internship

The optional internship is a period of practical exposure and training at law offices, governmental or inter-governmental or other international agencies or facilities, including courts of law and administrative agencies. The place is selected by the student with the approval of the director, who ensures that a high quality experience is maintained.

5-300 Other LL.M. Requirements

5-301 Minimum grade for credit

In order to get credit in any course (including Legal Methods), a candidate must earn a grade of no less than 70 in that course. Any grade below 70 will be considered a failing grade.

5-302 Limit on Failed Courses

An LL.M. candidate who fails two or more courses in one semester is ineligible to continue at the law school. An LL.M. candidate who has received three (3) or more failing grades during his or her entire law school time, including failing the same course more than once is ineligible to continue- at the law school. If a student has passed a previously failed course, the original failure still counts toward the three-failure limit.

5-303 Viability of Courses

Except upon written recommendation of the director, based upon special examination of the candidate, no course that was pursued more than three years prior to the term in which the student presents herself/himself for the final examination will be credited toward the fulfillment of the requirements for the degree.

5-400 Registration and Other Formal Requirements

5-401 Registration

Each student is responsible for properly registering for courses. The student must obtain the approval of the director of the LL.M. Program for the proposed registration before or during the registration period. All courses must be approved by the LL.M. program director.

5-402 LL.M. Program Formalities

Each student may be expected to meet with an official from the Office of International Student Services. Each student is responsible for ensuring that all copies of the Graduate Student Progress Form are up-to-date. Students are advised that strict rules govern these matters as well as changes of program; minimum and maximum student loads, withdrawal from the School of Law, and readmission to the School of Law. Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with these, and other, regulations of the graduate program.

updated: March 21, 2013